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Blue Monday
Blue Monday: A Frieda Klein Mystery | Nicci French
The stunning first book in a new series of psychological thrillers introducing an unforgettable London psychotherapist Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place, but what we can control is what is inside our heads. This attitude is reflected in her own life, which is an austere one of refuge, personal integrity, and order. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A red-haired child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. She finds herself in the center of the investigation, serving as the reluctant sidekick of the chief inspector. Drawing readers into a haunting world in which the terrors of the mind have spilled over into real life, Blue Monday introduces a compelling protagonist and a chilling mystery that will appeal to readers of dark crime fiction and fans of In Treatment and The Killing.
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MinnieTimperley
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I love Jen Campbell's booktube and she has spoken really highly of husband and wife team Nicci French. Jen recommended reading 'The Red Room' as it would be a great litmus test to see if you would like them. Well I did, and I have just finished Blue Monday which is the first in their Freida Klein series. There's great writing, plot, and characterisation. French satisfies with twists but also gives the reader enough to solve parts of the crime.

TrishB Love this series ❤️ 9mo
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AnneCecilie
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I loved this first book in the Frieda Klein series and the first book I‘ve read by Nicci French.

A 5 yr old boy goes missing and the police does everything they can to find. Dr. Klein treats a patient that has dreams about a young boy. 20 yrs ago a young girl disappeared and was never found.

I loved the tension and the solution to this story and has already ordered the next book from the library

This is my #BookSpin for October

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

Finish Four Hundred Souls #400Souls and Emily #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead and continue Hood Feminism #SheSaid

I also want to read the tagged book together with Whose Body? and Patina.

Cinfhen Good luck 🍀 1y
BarbaraJean Whose Body? is on my list for October! 😊 14mo
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Gissy
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A 5 y/o girl disappeared 22 years ago and case never closed. Now a boy disappeared and Dr. Frieda Klein will be involved in the investigation of these two separate cases. Are they connected? Why a psychiatrist is involved in these investigations? I like Frieda as a character, so peculiar, different. But many of her clinician actions/decisions could be questionable, many ethics concerns here. I was told the series is getting better. 3.75/8⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Gissy @WanderingBookaneer Están debidamente incluidos en mi tbr🤗Gracias! 1y
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majkia
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vivastory
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A missing girl in the middle of a busy street. Twenty years later a boy also disappears. In the first entry in Nicci French's Frieda Klein series there are initially a lot of moving parts as we are introduced to the characters. Things soon settle, subsequently we are treated to a masterful & unnerving story. As a character, Frieda Klein is fantastic & I loved this one. Cleverly told & compulsively readable with sinister undertones.

KathyWheeler I read and loved this book but I didn‘t continue with the series. I need to do that. 1y
vivastory @KathyWheeler I will def be continuing with this series. I am now kicking myself for not picking up more of these when I picked up this one at HPB. I thought it was fantastic! 1y
TrishB Love this series ❤️ Frieda is a fab MC. (edited) 1y
vivastory @TrishB She's one of the best characters I've encountered in a mystery in awhile. Have you read any of Nicci French's books outside of the Frieda Klein series? 1y
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Cazxxx
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Really enjoyed this psychological thriller. I loved the unusual story and the different twists. Also really liked Frieda and I‘m looking forward to reading the series. Unfortunately the library only has a few of the titles so I‘ll have to buy a few, hoping kindle daily deal comes through for me sometime soon 😅

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LeslieO
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It‘s Blue Monday at the park. I‘m listening to blues but I also have my book out. #multitasking

vivastory This is at the very top of my mystery TBR 1y
LeslieO @vivastory Oh wow! I only picked it cuz the concert series I was at is called Blue Monday. Now I have to add it to my list! I haven‘t read any Nikki French in awhile. 1y
vivastory I've never read French, but I'm so intrigued! 1y
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Tove_Reads
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Day 7 #Top20series #20series20days Love this series! Love Frieda Klein! Dean Reeve has to be one of the worst arch enemies anyone can have! Great strong female lead, and quirky characters. The first book was not the best read, but after that the series got really great!

Andrew65 Unsurprisingly this will be on my list too. 2y
Tove_Reads @andrew65 😱😱😱🤣 2y
TrishB Mine too! And totally agree- I wasn‘t wowed by the first but gave it another go and loved the series. 2y
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eanderson I have several and still need to read! So many series so little time! 2y
EadieB @Tove_Reads Did you see her new book in NetGalley? @Andrew65 2y
Andrew65 @EadieB Yes thanks, I have put a wish request in. 2y
Tove_Reads @EadieB Yes, I wished for it as well. 2y
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Anna40
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Mehso-so

I liked Frieda and walking through London with her, but the story was only ok ...

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Jeannineth
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Started this series today, so far...so good.

kspenmoll Lovely photo! 2y
Jeannineth Thanks 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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#24B4Monday I only got in about 3 hours yesterday.There is a lot of Litsy love for this series @Andrew65 one of our hosts, had posted about the series, showing one of the maps. Glad I tried it!A psychological thriller with many twists and turns, & well developed characters. Frieda Klein , psychotherapist, gets involved in a missing children‘s case because of disturbing dreams of one of her patients.2nd book finished , more time to read tonight.

Andrew65 👏👏👏 This is a great series that only gets better as the series progresses. Pleased to hear you enjoyed it. (edited) 3y
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Booksnchill
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#TeamSlaughter #PsychologicalThriller @Clwojick Finished my first Nicci French book written by a husband and wife duo. Psychoanalyst Frieda Klein is bothered by the dreams of a patient that she thinks reveal something about a child abduction. This book sets up a series of complex characters and give just a glimpse of a backstory. I will be reading on into this series-excellent on audio.

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Shemac77
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Vivid characters. Tight storyline. Can‘t wait to read more in this series.

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Shemac77
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I love starting a new series.

Jerdencon Currently reading the 4th one in the series! Really like them 3y
Shemac77 Perfect! I‘m excited. @Jerdencon 3y
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Andrew65
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#GetOutTheMap
I love books that start with a map, brings the book to life - especially if it is a fantasy world. I like how the Freida Klein books by Nicci French each figure a map from London‘s underground rivers. River Effra was my favourite one as covered the area I was brought up in London as a child.
A great series!
#LilithJuly

KarenUK Oooo.... never heard of this series... sounds great! I love a London set novel... Stacked! 3y
Cinfhen I think a map really adds to the story 3y
Andrew65 @KarenUK It is a great series. 3y
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Andrew65 @Cinfhen Totally agree. 3y
Tove_Reads We had so much fun reading the series! One of my all time faves! 3y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads We did and it is! 3y
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DaveGreen7777
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Thanks for the #PreMondayVibes @pepsicola 😁

1️⃣ Saturday 🥳

2️⃣ Jimi Hendrix 🎸🎶

3️⃣ Work, work, work! 😩

4️⃣ “Lost Stars” by Claudia Gray. This Star Wars nerd loved it! 🤓

pepsicola Thanks for playing! 4y
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abookishbutterfly
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I truly hope the story in this book is as magnificent as the cover!

ehewett88 I love nicci French 4y
valeriegeary I liked this one! It started off a bit on the slow side but soon had me hooked! 4y
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Andrew65
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The #LondonCalling tag made me think of the brilliant Frieda Klein Series which is set in London, and each one is centred on one of London‘s hidden rivers. In fact each one has a map of the London river at the beginning of each book.
#MarchIntoThe70s

EadieB @Andrew65 Great choice! 4y
Andrew65 @EadieB I miss Frieda! 4y
EadieB @Andrew65 She was a great character! I wonder what they are writing now. 4y
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BlameJennyJane Cool!!🤓 4y
Andrew65 @BlameJennyJane A great series. 4y
Andrew65 @EadieB She was! They‘ve got their first standalone for 10 years coming out in September 4y
EadieB @Andrew65 That looks good! 4y
Andrew65 @EadieB I love the psychological aspect of their standalones. Killing Me Softly was made into a film, a powerful book. (edited) 4y
EadieB @Andrew65 I have a bunch of their books that I haven‘t read yet. I just can‘t keep up with all these authors. 4y
Andrew65 @EadieB I know the feeling! 4y
EadieB @Andrew65 But I have shelves of books staring at me and saying, “Read me,” “Read me!” 4y
Andrew65 @EadieB Me too but because I am in the middle of so many series I don‘t own not getting to many of the owned books! 🤔😢 4y
EadieB @Andrew65 That‘s my problem! I have to stop reading library books. In April, I‘m concentrating on reading books for the century challenge and I got books from the 20‘s ready to start. 4y
AlaMich #bluemonday is my favorite New Order song...brings me back to my college days. 😊 4y
Andrew65 @AlaMich A great song! 4y
Andrew65 @EadieB I need to start targeting some of these books more too, along with the Century challenge. 4y
EadieB @Andrew65 Definitely need to plan in order to do the Century Challenge. 4y
Andrew65 @EadieB You‘re okay at the start just reading whatever but then need to start planning it from about now. 4y
EadieB @Andrew65 I have a lot of my books ready to go. I‘m going to try a decade each month but might be hard to finish the decade with all the group and Buddy reads. 4y
Andrew65 @EadieB That‘s what gets in the way of doing more! 🙄 4y
EadieB @Andrew65 Buddy reads are great but we do need to complete our challenge. 4y
Andrew65 @EadieB Totally agree. 4y
Cinfhen I know my best Brit loves this series @TrishB ❣️❣️❣️ 4y
Tove_Reads Love this series! Missing Frieda. Luckily I have found several good new to me series! 4y
TrishB @Cinfhen I love this series ❤️ and I‘ve finished it!! 4y
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RealLifeReading
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Started this last night and before I went to sleep I was 75% through. French is a new-to-me author, more like authors since it‘s a husband and wife team writing under a pseudonym - something I only realized when I started reading the book!

LiteraryinLawrence I never knew that either! 4y
BookClubMom I really liked this book and it was my first time reading this husband/wife team! 4y
Andrew65 A great series that gets even better as it goes along. 4y
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valeriegeary
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It's October third and I am still able to do some front porch reading! How?! I did need a sweater today though. Also my tomatoes won't quit! 🍅🍅🍅 Let it be clear: I am not complaining. #neverendingsummer

IndyHannaJones It is so hot and gross here 4y
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valeriegeary
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I decided to read only books I own in September. I got through four. This will be number five but I'm not going to finish it today. I still have quite a TBR pile to get through so I'm going to continue reading only books I own in October if anyone wants to join. 🤗📚 #readwhatyouown

jpmcwisemorgan I‘m planning to do this next year, and buy as few books as possible. I‘m pretty sure I‘ll need more than a year but I should be able to make a dwnt 4y
valeriegeary @jpmcwisemorgan I tried not buying new books and only reading the ones I owned for a year once.... I didn't last very long. Hopefully you will have better luck! 🤗🤗🤗 4y
jpmcwisemorgan I‘m assume I‘ll fail miserably but I‘m going to have to try! 4y
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Suzze
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I collect hats, one of my four Funko Pops, a book I‘ve been meaning to get to and local creamery ice cream. #ManicMonday #Blue

SilversReviews Beautiful collage. 4y
JoScho So fun! Thanks for playing! 💙💙💙 4y
AlaMich The only ice cream I‘ve ever seen in that particular shade of blue was the bubblegum ice cream I always got as a kid. 😊 4y
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Suzze @AlaMich This is called Blue Moon, it‘s actually considered a mystery flavor! 4y
AlaMich @Suzze Interesting...🧐 4y
HOTPock3tt Love.that. hat.!! 😍 (edited) 4y
jfalkens Love blue moon ice cream! 4y
tracey38 @AlaMich I remember bubblegum icecream! I used to love it as a kid. It would probably be disgusting to me now, lol. 4y
AlaMich @tracey38 Yes it would! The whole point was to get the gum balls; the ice cream itself didn‘t even taste very good as I recall. 4y
Clare-Dragonfly Love that hat! 4y
tracey38 @AlaMich no it didn't. But I ate it and saved all my gumballs til the end! 4y
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TrishB
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#heyjune #eightdaysaweek
The eighth one is out next month (Day of the Dead)- a great series 👍🏻

Cinfhen How convenient for today‘s prompt 😂😉 5y
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! 👍 5y
Cathythoughts Very good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
GypsyKat Cool! Nicely done! 5y
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EadieB
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Freida Klein Series by #NicciFrench is my #ThrillerThursday choice. I have read this whole series except for the last book #TheDayoftheDead which comes out in July. Freida Klein is a London-based psychotherapist in her mid-30‘s. Excellent series you don‘t want to miss! #may @Jess7 #readingresolutions

Jerdencon I've read the first and have the second out from the library. So far I am really liking it. 5y
EadieB @Jerdencon Nice! Each book gets better and better! 5y
KathyWheeler I read the first one recently and intend to read more. 5y
Eggs Looks good 5y
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PirateJenny
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1. hard rock but old hard rock. Like Zep
2. Up till about 10 I was all about Nancy Drew and history and Scholastic books. Then I was introduced to Stephen King
3. Books. Or something amazing I've wanted for a long time
4. Books
5. Finally getting some spring temps. About 60 and sunny (both actual Monday since I'm late) and today
#magicalmonday @Seekingtardis

Seekingtardis Oh scholastic. All the fond wonderful memories! And some adult squee‘s when I go with my son to his book fair!! 5y
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Moony
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So I finished the book and it was very exciting. The beginning is a little bit long and some encouters of new characters are very confusing, but at the end it is a page turner. A book for my #tbrbingo #thriller

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Moony
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I enjoy the sun and a good book. #spring #PocketBook

Maike Oberhafenkantine 😊 5y
Moony @Maike Do you know it? It is a little resaurant in Hamburg. They cook one of the best labskaus. (regional dish) 5y
Maike I‘m from Hamburg, so that‘s a yes 😉 5y
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Moony @Maike ahhh ich eigentlich auch, wohne aber jetztim Saarland 🙂 Habt ihr auch so schönes Wetter? 5y
Maike Schön ja, aber ich lieg leider mit Kopfschmerzen auf dem Sofa und kann‘s daher nicht so richtig genießen ? hoffe mal morgen bin ich fit genug um ein wenig Sonne zu tanken - mit Buch natürlich ? 5y
Moony @Maike ohhh dann gute Besserung! Ja, diese Wetterumschwünge sind ziemlich krass, ich bekomme dann auch häufig Kopfschmerzen. 5y
Maike Dankeschön ? oh ja, ich kann da fast jeden mal fest mit rechnen ? 5y
Sarah83 @Maike Willkommen im Club... 5y
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Moony
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Next one will be a thriller. I hope it is a good one. #thriller

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KathyWheeler
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Sick on this Monday — hence the tagged book, which was a decent audio.

1/ Apple phone
2/ Kindle Paperwhite (primary), Kindle, Nook Glowlight, Kindle Fire
3/ Facebook (less and less as I‘m tired of all the political fighting), Endomondo, and MyFitnessPal
4/ Of the above, I have a desktop, an iPad, and a tablet.
#MANICMONDAY @JoScho

Lovesbooks87 Hope you feel better soon! 5y
JoScho Jealous of all your e readers. I hope you feel better soon 😊 5y
KathyWheeler @JoScho Most of them I got when they were on sale for $50, which meant they were not the newest generation. Thank you — me too! 5y
Jess7 Just a reminder @litsy will be offline for scheduled maintenance from 3 am to 11 am EST. Checkout @kgriffith for details about a chatroom on LT you can join during the downtime. 5y
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Jerdencon
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My morning routine... straightening my hair and reading before work! Loving this book and i just started. And it's part of a series! Love a good series even though I'm in the middle of about 8 of them! happy Friday! 😀

TrishB This is a great series 👍🏻 5y
Jhullie Great series, I just read Sunday‘s installment and can‘t wait for July when the final book comes out. 5y
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PirateJenny
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1. whatever I'm in the mood for
2. babysitting
3. senior production editor at Penguin Books
4. if not my current job (which is pretty close) it would be either physical anthropologist specializing in bog bodies or some sort of job dealing with wolves or otters
5. tea
#manicmonday @JoScho

FeastOfFiction Your job sounds amazing! What does a senior production editor do? (edited) 5y
Betty Tag me when you answer @FeastOfFiction 's question please 5y
PirateJenny @FeastOfFiction and @Betty We are the behind the scenes editors (I'm sure other companies have different names for the position). I take care of the manuscript after it's been bought and dealt with by the editor. All the copyediting, proofreading, making sure all the corrections sent in by the author get in, that sort of thing. 5y
FeastOfFiction @PirateJenny That sounds so interesting. So you get paid to read books! So jealous! 5y
PirateJenny @FeastOfFiction Not exactly. work read isn't the same as fun read and we don't have enough time to read every book we work on. Not that we would want to--we all get books we aren't happy about. But on the whole, yeah, it's a pretty great job. 5y
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Tanisha_A
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1. Fun, like Dr. Seuss, or light poetry
2. Consulting with an IT services company
3. Consulting with another service provider corporation
4. So many! Open a bookshop and cafe at a hill station; or become a coffee connoisseur (work with coffee plantation farmers, source it and open a coffee chain); own an ice-cream shop 😀
5. Coffee with a li'l dark chocolate! ☕
Thanks for this cheery get-to-know-each-other, @JoScho!
#manicmonday, seriously!

BiblioLitten Dream job.🙌👍 5y
JoScho Thanks for playing 🤗 5y
batsy Hill station bookshop and cafe 😍😍 5y
rohit-sawant Love 4! 💜 5y
Tanisha_A @BiblioLitten @batsy @rohit-sawant 4 makes a brilliant team! Let's do it! 😀 5y
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2BR02B
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1. Smutty romance or middle grade fantasy. Complete opposites, but they serve a similar purpose.
2. Counter girl at a bakery
3. Administrative assistant
4. Art therapist or technical writer
5. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon

#manicmonday Thanks for the questions, @JoScho!

JoScho Thanks for playing and I would love to an art therapist. 5y
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2BR02B
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1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly- a wonderful book, an even better film.
2. Heathers. Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?
3. "So bad it's good" films like Samurai Cop and Beastmaster.
4. Popcorn. Most movie theatre candy has ?.

Fun questions. Thanks, @JoScho!
#ManicMonday

tournevis Beastmaster!!! The original, I hope! 5y
2BR02B @tournevis the 1982 film, with Rip Torn! 5y
tournevis @2BR02B The original, indeed! Yeah! 5y
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Samantha.1020
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Book #9 for the year (I need to catch up on sharing with the other books I‘ve read this year) and the first book that I read entirely in one day. It was the perfect read to keep me immersed and distracted while my husband had shoulder surgery. I need the next book ASAP!

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AshleyC816
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Loved this one, a good mystery! Will definitely be reading the next one!

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Meganbub
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Wow, I flew through this one, unable to put it down. I did manage to see most of the twists and turns before they came but I was still totally absorbed. I‘ll definitely pick up the next books in the series.

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Meganbub
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First in the series, had me at “psychological thriller”. Let‘s see how this goes!

TrishB I love this series 👍🏻 Frieda is a great character. 5y
Meganbub @TrishB she really is! I can‘t wait to get into the rest of the series! 5y
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tomes4gnomes
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3.5*: I enjoyed the 1st book in this mystery series where the intriguing heroine is a psychotherapist in London. It was a page-turner, and I do plan to continue the series. But I‘m a stickler, so points off since I guessed twists too far in advance of the characters (you know when you yell at them for not spotting the obvious?) and had to suspend disbelief since no real therapist would behave this way and cross these boundaries. Good, not great.

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BookMaven407
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I so wish I could do this. I have the Monday blues and am not looking forward to work. Off to get some coffee ☕️ 😴 Hope everyone has a great week.

Rcoco I hear you. It being so dark and cold doesn‘t help :( 5y
Cathythoughts Thank god for coffee 👍 5y
PurpleyPumpkin You are not alone! I so didn‘t want to go to work today. Hope you have a good one. 😉 5y
Buddys_Momma I‘m feeling the same way today, but coffee is in hand so will hopefully feel better soon. Take good care of yourself today!! 5y
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andrew61
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Ive a few reviews to catch up with so ill begin with a thriller i really enjoyed as it introduced me to freda klein psychotherapist. I will definitely following her next outings and whilst there were a few devices i wasn't entirely convinced about the writing had me on the edge of my seat which is ultimately what matters - we've just had a hot drive across the m62 and tomorrow is appropriately a bank holiday Monday hence the beer 🍻 +colour match

TrishB Love this series 👍 Frieda is a complex character. Love that beer too 😀 5y
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andrew61
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#anditsaugust #twoworldtitles
I was so absorbed in the tagged thriller last night that i didn't put anything in for this thread so i hastily grabbed a few from my tbr piles before leaving for work

TrishB It's a great book 👍 5y
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andrew61
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I've not tried any books by this husband /wife combination although have often fancied reading one of their novels so was chuffed to pick book 1 in this series for 99p in a charity shop and so far im really enjoying it.

TrishB I love this series! Frieda is a cranky, awkward MC but she really grew on me. I've read them all and really recommend. 5y
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eanderson
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Book 2 of 6 from Book Depository! #bookmail I'm beginning to think our postman thinks we buy online too much! I still have 4 more books plus my #botm coming!

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Kirsty2
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Current read. I loved Nicci French a few years back. About halfway through this & loving it. I've got a shelving unit full of books I've not read yet! Will slowly get through them! 😊

Kirsty2 Finished it! Really good! A little easy to figure out in places but very enjoyable read x 5y
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Michelle_mck
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Down to the last 100 pages @Jhullie and I love it! Can't stop reading... Frieda is some lady... I can't wait to read more. Keeping the book cosy in this #BookGoGo too - love the gold on this one http://etsy.me/2pZ6AsK

Jhullie I am so glad you like it. I am waiting to get the 7th one in the series. 6y
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Michelle_mck
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First book of June thanks to the last #secretsanta gift exchange thanks @Jhullie

Andrew65 This was an enjoyable book. 6y
Jhullie This is like setting up your friends on a date, I'm nervously hoping you like it 😝 6y
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Samantha.1020
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My TBR for May....maybe? I've decided to take a month off from reading the "shoulds" and instead read whatever strikes my fancy. This is my current library stack mixed in with a few from my own shelves. I'm got more books on hold at the library so it is time to get reading!